Controversial ex-NBA player Larry Sanders wants a comeback to the league and has visited the Boston Celtics already, according to previous reports. New update on Tuesday show that three more teams will have a chance to sign Sanders, who has reportedly hired an agent recently.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Larry Sanders is ramping up his efforts in making his NBA comeback. The former Milwaukee Bucks big man has tapped Joel Bell as his agent and he will help in Sanders’ aim to convince teams to sign him this season.
Charania confirms the “three additional teams” aside from the Celtics possibly making Larry Sanders’ NBA comeback this year. However, the said teams are not known at the moment but it’s likely the squads that are lacking in big man depth and needs defensive improvement in their frontcourt.
Larry Sanders comeback coming soon; Boston Celtics possibility
Larry Sanders played for the Bucks from 2010 to 2015 and was one of the most promising big men in the league. He had a breakout year in his third season in Milwaukee averaging 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. He earned a $44 million contract in 2013 but retired from the NBA two years later.
For his short five-year NBA career, Larry Sanders has averaged 6.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. However, his last two years brought down his averages because he lacked motivation in playing the game. When Sanders played with his head on the game, he was one of the better centers in the league and valuable for his defense.
In a February 2015 article (“Why I Walked Away From the NBA”) for The Players’ Tribune, Larry Sanders shared his thoughts on why he decided to quit the league. He said that it was never about the money but what he wants to do with his life.
“I love basketball, and if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, I will. I’ve had to make the difficult decision to follow my intuition, and allow myself the space and time to explore my true purpose in life,” Larry Sanders wrote then when he quit basketball and the NBA.
Larry Sanders has earned about $20 million from his previous NBA contract. The Bucks bought out his deal in 2015 and the team is still paying Sanders $1.8 million per year until the 2021-2022 season.
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